Life skills

Being an adult can be hard. But our resources and workshops can help level up your skills.


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Free lunchtime life skills webinars

You can attend all of them or choose the topic that you would like to learn more about.

Time and dates: 12.00 pm on Wednesdays 13 May, 20 May and 27 May 2020.

Location: Online

Booking: To register, contact us on 9266 7850 or email counselling@curtin.edu.au. Alternatively you can access the webinar directly on the day.

Topics include:

Achieving Healthy Balance on a Budget

Sleep Better

Manage Your Overthinking

Relaxation Practices


Life skills resources

These sheets provide advice and guidance for conflict resolution, stress management and general mental wellbeing. They’re intended for information only and shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for professional advice.

Managing conflict

Dealing with conflict [.pdf 34KB] covers:

  • General tips
  • What to do before you respond
  • How to respond
  • Day to day skills in conflict communication
  • Professional skills in conflict resolution.

The Mediation guidelines [.pdf 44KB] cover:

  • What is mediation?
  • Alternative dispute resolution definitions
  • How is mediation structured?
  • Pre-mediation
  • Mediation talk (6 steps)
  • Post mediation.

Stress management

How to Meditate guide [.pdf 478KB] explores why meditation is helpful, and demonstrates a step by step guide to the process, including:

  • Relaxing your body and mind
  • Making your mind stable, and
  • Keeping your mind clear.

Stress type assessment [.pdf 59KB] helps you determine whether you are ‘Type A’ or ‘Type B’.

Conflict and stress guide [.pdf 131KB] includes information such as:

  • Stress: What happens
  • A map of stress
  • Stress personalities.

Relaxation information sheet [.pdf 30KB] covers the following:

  • Why do you need to take time to relax?
  • Relaxation & study
  • What does ongoing stress do to the human body?
  • Why take a deep breath?
  • How to breathe for relaxation
  • Additional methods of relaxation.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders: Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating information sheet [.pdf 48KB] includes information on:

  • What are eating disorders?
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia and binge eating disorder
  • Treatment options
  • Tips for self-help
  • How to help a friend with an eating disorder
  • Further information and resources.

Homesickness and adjusting to university

Overcoming homesickness and adjusting to university life [.pdf 51KB] contains tips for international students and other newcomers, including:

  • What is homesickness?
  • How can you tell if you are homesick or having difficulty adjusting?
  • How homesickness or adjustment difficulties can affect your life
  • Treatment options
  • Tips for self-help.

Mature age students

Information for new mature-aged students [.pdf 41KB] covers many frequently asked questions and some helpful tips on adjusting to university life.

Relationship break-ups

Self-care following a relationship break-up information sheet [.pdf 42KB] covers:

  • Common responses and beliefs
  • Helpful tips
  • Stages of grief
  • Balance
  • “Can we still be friends?”
  • Beginning a new relationship
  • When children are involved
  • Specialist help.

Self esteem

Overcoming low self-esteem sheet [.pdf 47KB] includes:

  • What is low self-esteem?
  • How low self-esteem can develop and be maintained
  • How low self-esteem can affect your life
  • Treatment options
  • Tips for self-help
  • Further information and resources.

Sleep

Sleep problems self-help sheet [.pdf 33KB] below includes the following contents:

  • Do I have a sleep problem?
  • Normal sleep and the stages of sleep
  • Tips for self-help: improving sleep
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Sleep rules
  • Tips to reduce thinking and worrying in bed.